New opportunities - it's an exciting time to join us!
There has never been a more interesting and exciting time to join the Local Authority than now. North Yorkshire is on the cusp of aligning all eight District, Borough and County Councils in North Yorkshire to form a new organisation. One unified council which from April 2023 will provide the resilience, scale and financial sustainability to deliver outstanding services in a more agile and flexible way, centred on fulfilling the needs of our customers.
A single council will further develop nationally acclaimed essential services to tackle the challenges facing the whole county after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic; take advantage of future opportunities and provide secure, varied and interesting career prospects for our staff. By uniting, we will take the best of all council services and have the scale to improve things for everyone living and working here.
April 2023 may seem a long way away, but our preparation starts now to ensure we deliver a smooth transition and the financial rigour for the new Authority and our residents in North Yorkshire from day one.
Finance is one of the core functions at the heart of this change and we are looking for talented individuals to support us and our clients through this change and beyond, ensuring high quality financial management services shape the new Council and continue to provide valued support to our customers into the future.
Our Finance teams are forward thinking and dynamic and are currently looking for Finance professionals at different levels to join them in various roles, within the different Councils across the county.
Are you an AAT Qualified finance professional looking for a new opportunity to develop your professional accountancy career? Are you a qualified Accountant looking for a new challenge? If this sounds like you, we have a number of different opportunities that may provide you with your ideal next career move.
Whilst you as a candidate are applying for a vacancy with an individual District, Borough or the County Council, if you are successfully appointed, you will become an employee of your council only up to March 2023. From April 2023, their employment contract will migrate to a newly formed unitary Council.
North Yorkshire is a great County with people and businesses who are proud to live here, proud of what they do and of who they are; the people who work for and represent our Councils are just the same. We are passionate about the place that we work in and the people for whom we work. Public sector knowledge is not required and we welcome applications from other sectors. You will however, have a strong moral purpose that will be central to your approach and will enable you to gain job satisfaction through making a difference to the residents we serve and experience of working with large and complex organisations is an advantage.
We have the following roles available now:
- Salary: £30,983 to £33,485
- Location: Hybrid working with the expectation to visit County Hall, Northallerton as required
- Hours: Permanent - full time
As a Senior Accounting Technician, you will play a key role in the delivery of the Finance function of the Council, focusing on specific aspects of services. The team supports a wide range of both internal and external clients, providing the opportunity to develop skills and experience. Working as part of the finance team, you will be provided with career development support, we are committed to staff development and continuous learning.
You will be responsible for providing high quality financial information, advice and support. Technically sound, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of projects as well as playing a key role in the reporting, budgeting, forecasting and closedown processes. Based in finance but working closely with internal and/or external clients, operational managers and project teams, the role requires a self-starter who is comfortable operating with light touch supervision.
To be successful you will be a qualified (level 4) accounting technician of the Association of Accounting Technicians or equivalent body with evidence of continuing professional development beyond attaining membership, or equivalent qualification. You will have significant experience of operating financial systems and processes and have the skills to determine their deployment in your area of lead specialism. You will be organised and have excellent communication skills both written and verbal, as well as being a team player, collaborating with and supporting your work colleagues and demonstrating a high level of customer focus. You will have experience of working as part of a team on finance projects.
For an informal discussion about the senior accounting technician role, please contact: Tara Morris, Senior Accountant (Schools & Early Years) email: email@example.com or Amanda Alderson, Senior Accountant email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s in it for you?
In return, all positions can offer you opportunity to develop your skills and experience, and progress your career whilst making a real difference to the work of our diverse range of clients. A unique professional development opportunity. Rarely is there an opportunity to work with such complexity and scale.
As we progress with unifying and transforming the new council financial accounting, we will provide colleagues with professional development support, alongside the opportunity to work with our high performing Finance teams.
We want you to work to live, not live to work, we want you to enjoy the things in life that really matter to you and this is important to us. We can offer you a varied and rewarding career as well as a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme as well as a variety of retail discounts.
We benefit from access to modern technology that has enabled us to work from home pre-, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful candidates will be fully enabled to work from home and with the opportunity to work across the region, visiting office and client premises as business needs require. Going forwards in the new Authority there is opportunity to further focus on the way we work. Through local delivery hubs situated across the county we can offer staff increased flexibility as to how and where they work, with some roles having the freedom to work anywhere across the county.
New to the North Yorkshire region?
North Yorkshire is a thriving region which adapts to our changing world and remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.
The region's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns.
North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators; Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness). Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.
The City of York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. The city was named the best place to live in the North and North East by The Sunday Times 2019. With a population of 200,000, it’s big enough to feel lively but small enough to feel like home.
In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, Doncaster, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London and Edinburgh just two hours away by train.
From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, the region has so much to offer including a high standard of living working in a stunning location.
Contact us and apply now
If you feel any of these roles are something you could be interested in and would like to know more, please get in touch with the named contact on the individual role. If you have a question about the recruitment process in general, you can contact Sophia Pawson on 01609 533807, or email email@example.com
To apply please send your CV and personal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 6th March 2022 including the job title of the role or roles you wish to apply for in the title of the email. If you are interested in more than one opportunity, please just apply once and detail clearly all of the roles you wish to be considered for.
It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current / most recent employer indicating whether you consent to us contacting each referee prior to interview.
Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.
We will not accept applications from agencies.
Closing date: Sunday 6th March 2022
Interview dates: Anticipated week commencing 14th March 2022